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If an angel can fall, can a demon rise? According to most Christian teaching and traditions, the short answer is no. Your question however does pose certain interesting perplexities to say the least. First of all, I would like to make it clear that the Gospels do mention that there is such a thing as an unpardonable sin that man can commit. The ...


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Salt has had a strong significance in a lot of different religions for millennia. I believe that salt used for the explicit purpose of repelling demons originates from Buddhism or Shintoism, where salt is used to purify/sanctify a places and ward off evil spirits. I think Supernatural draws from the Wiccan culture for its usage of salt though, as Wiccan ...


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Salt is a preservative. The Tarim Mummies were preserved in salt for 4000 years. If you pack meat in salt it will not rot. (Because it sucks all the water out and kills any bacteria. Water is necessary for life.) Since people could not see microscopic organisms before the invention of microscopes rot, decay, and putrefaction were associated with evil ...


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Why is salt associated with repelling of demons? This seems like an almost impossible question to answer. The origins are very obscure. Firstly, what does salt symbolize? Judeo-Christian traditions considered salt a purifier, and the symbol of the eternal nature of God’s covenant with Israel. There are more than 30 references to salt in the Old and New ...


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Salt is a natural cleanser, and can be used to scour out pots, as toothpaste, to remove rust, etc. (See this page for more.) So it's not a big leap from there to supernatural cleansing. As for salting and burning the bones, a parallel custom was burning a conquered city and salting the ground, so nothing would grow there. The Romans supposedly did this with ...


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Vishnu was not "God." He was a god. Hinduism has a variety of labels on what kind of religion it is (i.e. polytheism, monotheism, atheism, non-theism...). But for the most part, more then one being is labeled as a god. Vrinda was married to King Jalandhar. And because she was so devoted to Vishun, Jalandhar became invincible to the point not even Shiva ...


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"Solve et coagula" is the principle underlying alchemy: dissolve materials to their constituents and re-assemble these into something else. Fulcanelli writes of this quote: If you know how to dissolve the fixed, And to make the dissolved fly, Then to fix the flying in powder, You have something to console yourself with.


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There is a category on Wikipedia dedicated to this subject, and Mental Floss has a list of 11 rather interesting creatures of African mythology: Grootslang Grootslang is an Afrikaans word meaning "great snake." The monster of that name lives in a cave called the Wonder Hole in the Richtersveld area of South Africa. The story is that the ...


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BASICS The most prevalent version of his name in literature across time thus far is Ephialtes. There seems to be a lost myth in which he does indeed get into a fight with and is defeated by a hero, none other than Herakles [Hercules] himself. In the clearest reference to this story, the daimon's name is Epiales; and apparently after the confrontation, ...


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Here's a link to the Aeschylus mention in Suppliant Women. Unfortunately, it's a single line with little detail. (In the Greek text, Epiales aka "Dark Dream", is ὄναρ μέλαν".) Here is a passage from Apollodorus that describes Ephialtes, a leader of the giants in the Gigantomachy, vanquised at the hands of Apollo and Heracles: "But in the battle ...


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Try "Goetia" instead of "Goethia". Roughly, it means the art of summoning angels, whether fallen or still elevated (though more commonly the former). The Ars Goetia is the first section of The Lesser Key of Solomon. Basically, it lists the demons (with various titles of nobility and royalty) supposedly captured and bound by Solomon. Crowley and another ...


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In the Chrisian scope of affairs, if you don't deem Origen to be a "heretic" - yes- : Origen was the author of the most effective argument against the punishing terror of God's wrath as recounted in St. John's Apocalypse. With his doctrine of 'Apokatastasis Panton', the resurrection of all beings (a quote from St. Peter in Acts 3:21), he integrates the ...


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The thing is a little complicated, but it was the only possible way Lord Vishnu had. Jalandhar was a demon king and his wife Vrindha was a great devotee of Lorn Vishnu. Once upon a time, Jalandhar got a boon from Lord Shiva that he will be invincible and undefeatable till his wife is faithful to him. The demon king after receiving the boon started ...


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Perhaps a bit tenuous, but The Worm That Walks might be the closest to what you're seeking. I am not aware of a similar equivalent term from classical mythology, but you could argue this to be inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos. One interpretation of the ending to HP Lovecraft's The Festival is a monster composed of maggots: Wisely did Ibn Schacabac say, ...


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In certain Christian traditions, holy water is a mixture of salt and water that has been blessed by a priest. Witches, vampires, and other nasty evil creatures were considered violently allergic to holy water. In the middle ages, due to the demand, there was even a delivery service for holy water in cities, like the milkman in the 20th century.


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This probably derives from the Greek coinage spagyria, which itself is supposed to come from 'σπάω' and 'ἀγείρω.' These words roughly correspond to "solve" and "coagula," or divide and join. This word was used by Paracelsus, perhaps the most famous alchemist. I am using Andrew Weeks' translation, which I believe is from the (original?) German text. Here ...


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Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world and is thought to be the oldest religion in the world to date. Hinduism is the world's third largest religion. It is an Indian religion and dharma, or way of life, widely practised in the Indian subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. Hinduism has been called the oldest religion in the world, and some ...


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And yet in the book of Job Satan also known as Lucifer in some texts is seated with the archangels because God beckoned him to come and as an Angel of God he responded and then made a deal to tempt Job to prove he would turn against God if bad things happened to him. If God truly was angry with Satan or Lucifer then why would he allow him in his company, ...


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